The father of Anderson Lee Aldrich – the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub – spat anti-gay comments in a rambling, incoherent explanation of his relationship with his estranged son.
The father bizarrely claimed during an interview with CBS 8-San Diego that when he learned his son had allegedly killed five at an LGBT facility, his first concern was whether his child was gay.
“I was scared. I was like, ‘Oh my god, s–t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay,” said Aaron Brink, 48, with an exaggerated sigh of relief.
Brink, who lives in San Diego and has been estranged from Aldrich for years, said he doesn’t support same-sex relationships.
“I’m a Mormon,” the former MMA fighter-turned-porn star told a reporter on the network. I’m a conservative Republican and we don’t do anything gay.”
He said Aldrich’s attorneys called him and told him his 22-year-old child was involved in the Club Q shooting in Colorado, but that he hadn’t spoken to them in six months.
“I don’t know what he’s accused of. I don’t get any real answers from the lawyers but they say it’s about a gay bar. I don’t know what the heck he was doing in a gay bar,” Brink said.
A CBS 8 reporter told Brink that Aldrich is accused of organizing a mass shooting at a gay bar, killing five people and injuring many others.
“Okay well he’s accused of doing that, I’m glad he’s not gay. I can say that, I’m glad he’s not gay,” Brink said in a shocking reply.
Court records in the mass shooting case revealed Tuesday that Aldrich is nonbinary and she/she uses pronouns. Her sexuality is unknown.
Brink added that he believes relationships should be between a man and a woman and that people “should stand up against homosexuality” — but not through violence, he noted.
The father said there was no acceptable reason for his child’s alleged actions.
“There’s no excuse for going out and killing people… That’s not the answer,” Brink told local broadcaster.
He apologized to the victims’ families and said, regardless of politics, valuable lives had been lost.
“I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for your loss,” he said. “I am sorry.”
Bartenders Daniel Davis Aston, 28, and Derrick Rump, 38, were killed in the attack, along with Raymond Green Vance, 22, Ashley Paugh, 35, and Kelly Loving, 40.
“These people’s lives were precious,” Brink said. “They were probably good people. You know, it’s not something you kill people for. I’m sorry I let my son down.”
The California resident said he was largely uninvolved in Aldrich’s life after they turned 10 and moved to the States. He and her mother divorced when Aldrich was a baby.
Brink – who said he had permanent damage from a previous meth addiction as well as head trauma from a career as an MMA fighter – had not spoken to his child in six months and before that believed they had died of suicide six years ago, he said said.
He said his ex-wife, Aldrich’s mother, called him from Colorado in 2016 to tell him their child had killed himself after changing his name from Nicholas Brink to Anderson Aldrich.
“I thought he was dead. I mourned his loss,” Brink told CBS 8. “I had gone through a meltdown and I thought I lost my son.”
He said his ex-wife told him Aldrich changed her name and Brink’s last name due to his career in the adult film industry and his feature on an A&E show called Intervention, in which he chronicled his addiction to crystal meth. dropped.
Brink, who started in the adult entertainment industry at the age of 27, starred in 2016 XXX video gems like ‘White Boys Can Hump’ and both ‘My MILF Boss 8’ and ‘It’s OK to Put It in My A–” in 2014, according to his IMDB page.
Pornography is considered a sin in the Mormon religion.
“His mom told me he changed his name because I was in Intervention and I was a porn actor,” Brink said.
Six months ago, Brink said Aldrich called him, which told him they were alive. He said the call ended in an argument.
Still, Brink said he loves his child.
“I love my son no matter what. I love my son,” he said.
Aldrich is accused of shooting into Club Q just before midnight on Saturday, killing five and wounding more than a dozen others before two well-wishers gunned down her.
They appeared in court on Wednesday dazed, injured and bloodied – apparently due to the actions of the two heroes, who held them until police arrived.
Authorities have not revealed a possible motive for the horrific attack, but are expected to bring hate crime and murder charges against Aldrich. Hate crime charges would mean prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to prove the suspect targeted their victims based on biases such as their sexual or gender identity.